1997: National Memorial
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteThe Memorial is on the site of the former Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. On April 19, 1995, a bomb was detonated here, killing 168 people. It was, at the time, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. The outdoor memorial consists of 168 chairs, symbolizing every life lost, arranged in nine rows, for the nine floors of the building. There is also a reflecting pool, a children's area, an orchard, and the 70-year-old American Elm Survivors' Tree.
What You're Going to SeeThe site includes the Memorial Museum Center, the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. There is an hourly ranger-led program daily from 10 to 4. The Outdoor Memorial is free; the Museum charges a fee (passes not accepted).
Personal ObservationsI haven't been here yet.
Getting ThereIn Oklahoma City, take the downtown Oklahoma City exit off I-40 or I-235. The site is on 5th St. between Robinson and Harvey Avenues.
Nearby AttractionsChickasaw NRA is about 50 miles to the south.